I'm going into my "press blackout" in advance of the SOTU tonight. However, before I sign off I wanted to make an observation. On the brink of yet another address to the nation where Bush is bound to claim that the state of the union is "strong" or some such nonsense, I think it is interesting that the Republican Party no longer tries to hide the fact that it is the party or hatred, bile and disunity.
Where once the GOP was subtle about it, we now have Delaware republicans so full of hate for Joe Biden
that their billboards are rejected by Clear Channel.
Where once the republican leadership would publicly repudiate the hate filled words of people like Ann Coulter
, and try to distance themselves from Ms. Coulter's calls to assassinate sitting supreme court justices, now the professional haters are cultivated and valuable members of the republican intelligentsia.
Where once republican Presidents like Reagan would at least go through the motions of being the advocate fore the interests of the whole country, we now have Bush who is very candid about is disdain for the middle class
and eager to use disunity as a tool to advance his benefactors narrow economic interests.
If anyone out there decides to watch the President mouth the words of unity and prosperity tonight please let me know if the union is simply "strong" or "never stronger".